Print advertisement for toxaphene produced by Hercules Powder Company reads "Cotton Insect News Flash! Arkansas" with a bale of cotton alongside the toxaphene tagline that reads "kills cotton pests." Accompanying paragraph discusses the use of toxaphene to combat the year's predicted boll weevil infestations. This advertisement appeared in Pine Bluff Commercial, McGehee Times, Helena World, Morrillton Democrat, Log Cabin Democrat, and Arkansas Farm Bureau Press.
Originally trademarked by the Hercules Powder Company, Toxaphene was a synthetic organic insecticide toxicant primarily used in agricultural insecticides.
Formed in 1912 as part of an anti-trust settlement with DuPont, the Hercules Powder Company (later Hercules Inc.) initially specialized in the manufacture of explosives and smokeless powders and subsequently diversified its business to encompass a variety of industrial products, including pine and paper chemicals, synthetics, pigments, polymers, and cellulose.
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Hercules Incorporated. “Plant Cotton Early Dust with Toxaphene.” 1950 Hercules Advertisements, 1950. Records of Hercules Incorporated, Volume 1950. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/wh246t00p.
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